Q3W25-26 (3-5)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level3rd, 4th, and 5th
Week #25-26
Unit of InstructionXylophones, Music Theory
Standard(s) Taught

Read notation and sing songs containing rhythms of various combinations in various meters.

Demonstrate proper technique with instruments while playing rhythms and borduns and maintaining a steady beat. 

Listen and identify duple and triple meters.

Sing songs with appropriate vocal technique and tone quality. 

Sing songs from different cultures. 

Prepare a piece for performance with melody and accompaniment. 

Notate melodies. 

Compose various rhythms. 

Notate rhythms. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will learn the accompaniment/bordun to the African Lullaby Abiyoyo on the xylophone, drums, and shakers.

Students will read in 3/4 time and be able to identify the time signature of a piece. 

Students will sing and play instruments at the same time. 

Students will read notes on the Treble clef. 

Students will demonstrate proper recorder playing technique. 

Student will sing then play on instruments pieces of music. 

Students will compose their own recorder piece using the notes they have learned. 

Students will compose their own rhythm to play percussion instruments.


Classroom Activities


  • Warm-up
  • Review Merrily We Roll Along (3rd grade) – playing test coming in the next few weeks
  • Review Old McDonald (4th, 5th) – playing test coming in the next few weeks
  • Sight read BAG pieces


Students will learn the xylophone part to the African Folk Song Abiyoyo. We will review the story and the song then transfer to xylophones. Students will play with proper technique and learn about accompaniment.

Twinkle Twinkle

Students will learn the song Twinkle Twinkle on the xylophones.

  • Play in unison
  • Split in to parts
  • Add percussion instruments
  • Read music notation on white board
  • Recorder Centers 
    • After students have completed xylophone activity, we will have recorder centers in the next class period
    • 4 centers: test/extra help center, composition center, rhythm center, and practice center/note center
    • Students will have 8-10 minutes in each center and will be graded on their completion of each activity 
Assignments Due

Recorder Playing Test will be the week after Recorder Centers – this is for a grade! Please practice!

3rd Grade: Merrily We Roll Along

4th and 5th Grade: Old MacDonald 

Additional Resources